My Fellow Resisters,
Here are new updates and recommended actions from PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange) followed by inspiring reading/watching/listening suggestions from our own Kathy Sherretts (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN)
This weekend, white supremacists, Nazis and fascists marched and waged terror in Charlottesville, VA, showing the world just how active white nationalist and racist movements are in the US (see a “Hate Map” from the SPLC for more info). If you’ve living outside the US, today you may be feeling all kinds of complicated emotions about watching these events unfold from afar. Please know that wherever you are in the world, there is much you can do to support Charlottesville, and fight against racism, white supremacy and hate.
This week, we’re supporting anti-racism activists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville. We’re also joining United We Dream's campaign to protect DACA (the “Dream” act) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and showing up for immigrants threatened by the Trump administration’s embrace of white nationalism.
Support Anti-Racism Activists in Charlottesville, VA.
Protect DACA and TPS!
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
I had something else prepared this week, but the awful weekend events in Charlottesville Virginia have left me speechless. I was moved by this piecefrom Dahlia Lithwick, a Slate correspondent who lives there.
NPR, All Things Considered: A Reformed White Nationalist Speaks Out on Charlottesville (8 min)
Christian Picciolini says he was a "lost and lonely" teenager when he was recruited by a white nationalist group. Picciolini immersed himself in the organization's ideology and by age 16, he had emerged as the leader of a group called the Chicago Area Skinheads.
Quartz: A New Colossus, The story behind the Statue of Liberty’s unexpected transformation into a beacon for refugees and immigrants by Thu-Huong Ha
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… here is a brief history of how that poem came to become synonymous with the Statue of Liberty and this country’s assimilation of immigrants.
Politico: Interest in U.S. diplomatic corps tumbles in early months of Trump by Daniel Lippman and Nahal Toosi (10 min read)
The president’s comments thanking Putin for expelling American diplomats from Russia because it would save the U.S. “a lot of money” stunned and disappointed the State Department rank-and-file, and could further dissuade people from joining the diplomatic corps.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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